GMB Welcome Pay Rise For 3,542 Lower Paid Workers As Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Commits To Pay Living Wage By April 2016
This should help alleviate average cuts of £34 per week in family and child tax credits that George Osborne is imposing on the lowest paid workers in society in April 2016 says GMB.
GMB welcome the decision by the cabinet of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCT), at a meeting in Clydach Vale on 24th September, to introduce a minimum £7.50 per hour wage from October 1 further increasing to £7.85 an hour from 01st April 2016.
The changes will affect employees on the council’s three lowest grades of payment. This will a have a positive impact on the pay of approximately 3,542 of the lowest paid council workers in jobs such as general kitchen assistants, school crossing patrols, some of the lower paid caretakers and even some of the lowest paid classroom support staff working in the county borough.
Craig Jones, GMB Rhondda Cynon Taf Branch Secretary, said “GMB has been campaigning on this issue by writing to and lobbying the local politicians of the Council over a number of years, reasoning that as a fair employer it is their duty to introduce the rate of pay that the TUC recognise is required to sustain a realistic lifestyle, without having to rely on benefits. We are pleased to see that the Council now see the fairness in paying all employees a decent rate”.
This is very welcome news and coincides with and should help alleviate the burden of the removal of £34 per week on average in family and child tax credits that George Osborne is imposing on the lowest paid workers in society in April 2016.
GMB and Unite Rhondda Cynon Taf Branches recognise that in total, with 3,542 employees set to benefit, of which more than 3,000 work within education and lifelong learning division, most of whom are female part time workers this is very welcome news and we applaud the Labour controlled authority for the introduction of this measure.
Gareth Morgans, GMB Organiser, added “I welcomes this positive news and congratulate the Labour administration for its leadership on this.
however the next step for us in our campaign for fairness is to push to have this living wage introduced to all contracted services who RCT engage, particularly the services such as the cleaning of schools which went out to contract years ago after Maggie Thatcher forced the councils to compulsory competitive tendering of such services, which has left the staff on the minimum wage.”
Contact: Craig Jones RCT Branch Secretary 07967707535
Gareth Morgans GMB Organiser 07980753130